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What is the Best Kicking Range for Self-Defense?

What is the best kicking range for self-defense? Or is that question really just a mental trap? Here’s a concept you may not have considered from Sifu Matt Ember of Rising Fist Kung Fu. For more advice from Sifu Matt, check out our podcast interview together— Interview with Sifu Matt Ember But...

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Martial Arts Coloured Belts – The Truth!

JUNE 5, 2019 DAVE KELLY MARTIAL ARTS Coloured Belts – The Truth! by Phillip Starr I imagine many of you have heard the version of how the Japanese coloured belt system came to be; a white belt signified innocence and/or a blank slate for beginners, after putting out a lot of...

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One Tip for Powerful Punches

Is there a secret to throwing more powerful punches? Nope! It’s just a question on applying what you already know. In that spirit, here’s one tip you probably already know, but may have forgotten or never turned into a good habit. So, consider this a friendly reminder! If the video doesn’t...

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How Martial Arts Gives You The Confidence To Honestly Express Yourself

AUGUST 5, 2019 DAVE KELLY MARTIAL ARTS How Martial Arts Gives You The Confidence To Honestly Express Yourself Legendary actor and martial artist, Bruce Lee, once stated that ‘martial arts means honestly expressing yourself.’ During his short life span, Bruce Lee blessed us with...

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6 Productive Reasons to Show MMA Training Is Not Just A Workout

DECEMBER 15, 2019 DAVE KELLY HEALTH & FITNESS, MARTIAL ARTS 6 Productive Reasons to Show MMA Training Is Not Just A Workout When you join the MMA training class, most of you have similar aims like becoming stronger, getting fitter, shedding kilograms of fat, etc. Surprisingly, MMA...

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Don’t Fight When You Can Run

by Adeniyi Makinde, As cowardly as this may sound, it’s a Chinese proverb used by Jackie Chan in his cartoon series JACKIE CHAN ADVENTURES. Running does not necessarily mean “taking to your heels”, even though you must if it warrants, but avoiding fights at all costs. WHY? Martial arts teachers...

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Why every nurse should learn martial arts

NOVEMBER 24, 2018 DAVE KELLY MARTIAL ARTS Why Every Nurse Should Learn Martial Arts When you think of qualifications that a nurse should possess, the ability to throw a good punch is probably at the bottom of the list. Nurses, however, can greatly benefit from learning martial arts....

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The authenticity and competence in Chinese martial arts

Photo by ArtHouse Studio on Pexels.com Does his performance look competent to you? What about authentic? As noted at about 6.58 in this lecture on Tao Lu (forms) by Daniel Mroz, which I find myself coming back to frequently, martial artists, when evaluating others, are primarily concerned with...

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How to be a good Karate parent?

By Jesse Enkamp Imagine the horror: You’ve been driving your kids to Karate class, tournaments and camps for years. You’ve spent boatloads of money on uniforms, belts, gradings and equipment. You’ve invested hundreds of hours to relentlessly push your kids to the...

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How to build and use your own makiwara

Source: Wikipedia We’re another week into our social distancing practices, how is everyone’s at-home martial arts training holding up? We know how hard it is to stay motivated — or to have the energy to exercise at all — when everything is so scary. It’s especially difficult because martial arts...

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